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Return of the Unchartable Soul Film at the 20th Seattle Arts in Nature Festival
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Michl’s Film Screens Again at Seattle’s Arts in Nature Festival

Filmmaker and poet Eliot Michl’s film, Return of the Unchartable Soul has been chosen to screen at the 20th Annual Arts in Nature Festival in Seattle, Washington.

Unlike any other festival, the 20th annual Arts in Nature Festival will feature live musical performances, interactive art installations, creative nature-based activities and more, set in the lush 68-acre landscape of Camp Long, Seattle’s only campground.

This year's festival will be held on Saturday and Sunday, June 29-30, Seattle Pride weekend.  Proudly produced by Delridge Neighborhoods Development Association (DNDA), this year’s theme is “Harmony.”

Passes are FREE.

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Seattle Arts in Nature Festival

Camp Long

5200 35th Ave SW (entrance at SW Dawson and, 35th Ave SW)

Seattle, Washington, USA

29-30 June, 2019

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Return of the Unchartable Soul Film Stills Published in Paris Literary Magazine
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Michl’s film stills Appear in Literary Magazine with the Film Screening at Release Party

Filmmaker and poet Eliot Michl’s film, Return of the Unchartable Soul has been selected for publication in The Menteur, the literary magazine for the Paris School of Art and Culture. The film will appear as film stills in the magazine along with the printed verse. The University will then screen the film at the magazine’s release party in June.

The Menteur is a literary and arts magazine produced by the Paris School of Arts and Culture, part of the University of Kent.

Attendance is open to the public.

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The Menteur Magazine 2019 Launch

5 June, 6:45 – 9:00 PM

Reid Hall, 4 Rue de Chevreuse

Paris, France

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Return of the Unchartable Soul Film Screens at Cascadia Poetry Festival
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Michl’s film Screens at Washington Poetry Festival

Filmmaker and poet Eliot Michl’s film, Return of the Unchartable Soul has been chosen to screen at the 2019 Cascadia Poetry Festival in Anacortes, Washington.

All events will take place at the Croatian Cultural Center, 801 5th Street in Anacortes.

In addition to a tribute to Sam Hamill, poet, editor, translator and Co-Founder of Copper Canyon Press, there will be the launch of two anthologies, the Samthology for Sam Hamill and a bilingual poetry anthology in Spanish and English, Make It True meets Medusario.

Among the scheduled poets are José Kozer (winner of the 2013 Neruda Award from the Chilean government), Washington State Poet Laureate Claudia Castro Luna, Copper Canyon Press co-founder William O’Daly, Shin Yu Pai, Stephen Collis, Tim McNulty, Stephen Kuusisto, Rebecca Seiferle, Ian Boyden, Lyn Coffin and Kent Johnson. There will be a shakuhachi flute performance by longtime Hamill collaborator Christopher Yohmei Blasdel.

Passes are $25.

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Cascadia Poetry Festival

Passes $25

801 5th Street

Anacortes, Washington, USA

May 9-12

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Don't Tell Me I'm Beautiful an Official Selection at Lincoln Short Film Festival
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Michl’s film is an Official Selection by Short Film Festival in Conjunction with Art Project

Filmmaker and poet Eliot Michl’s film, Don’t Tell Me I’m Beautiful has been chosen as an Official Selection of the 2019 Lincoln Short Film Festival.

The 2019 Lincoln Short Film Festival features short films by producers and directors from the Great Plains US states of Nebraska, Colorado, South Dakota, Kansas, Iowa, and Missouri.

Films will be screened on the Art Cube, a 750 sq. ft. LED screen in the Railyard district that sits directly across from the Pinnacle Bank Arena. LSFF and the Cube Art Project is an ongoing series of narrative films, animations, and video art sponsored by the City of Lincoln, Nebraska.

Festival screening Friday 3rd May 2019.

Attendance is open to the public.

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Lincoln Short Film Festival

Festival screening Friday 3rd May 2019

Railyard District

Art Cube

Lincoln, Nebraska, United States

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Return of the Unchartable Soul Film a Semi-Finalist at Cadence Film Festival
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Michl’s film a Semi-Finalist at Poetry Film Festival

Filmmaker and poet Eliot Michl’s film, Return of the Unchartable Soul has been chosen as a Semi-Finalist at the 2019 Cadence Video Poetry Festival.

Verse meets visuals in motion at Northwest Film Forum (NWFF) in April 2019. Cadence: Video Poetry Festival, presented by Northwest Film Forum, programmed in collaboration with Seattle author Chelsea Werner-Jatzke, is a series of screenings, workshops, and discussions on the genre of video poetry, throughout National Poetry Month.

Entering its second year, Cadence is growing considerably to fill a gap in the presentation of video poetry in the Pacific Northwest. Featuring four screenings, one each Thursday of the month, the festival’s inaugural Artist-in-Residence, generative workshops for youth and adults, and a juried selection of open submissions, Cadence fosters critical and creative growth around the oft-overlooked medium of video poetry.

Festival screenings each Thursday in April.

Attendance is open to the public.

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Cadence Video Poetry Festival

Festival screenings each Thursday in April 2019

Seattle, Washington, USA

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Michl's Film an Official Selection at Newlyn International Film Festival
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Michl’s film an Official Selection by INTERNATIONAL Film Festival FEATURING POETRY FILMS

Filmmaker and poet Eliot Michl’s film, Don’t Tell Me I’m Beautiful has been chosen as an Official Selection of the 2019 Newlyn International Film Festival.

The varied festival programme aims to encourage filmmakers from all backgrounds as well as attracting new audiences to short film. The whole of the imposing Acorn Theatre Penzance is used for screenings, workshops and a festival party. The selected feature films will be given a priority screening slot.

The Newlyn Film Festival is truly a celebration of film, created for filmmakers and those who love film. Our festival is about more than just watching films, and we will create a friendly and welcoming atmosphere for all attendees to enjoy and discuss between screenings in comfortable and relaxed environments.

Festival screenings Friday 5th-Sunday 7th April 2019.

Attendance is open to the public. Passes are available online or at the door.

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Newlyn International Film Festival

Festival screenings Friday 5th-Sunday 7th April 2019

Acorn Theatre

Penzance

Cornwall, England, United Kingdom

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Michl's Film an Official Selection in Fine Art and Short Film Festival
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Michl’s film an Official Selection by Fine Art and Short Film Festival

Filmmaker and poet Eliot Michl’s film, Don’t Tell Me I’m Beautiful has been chosen as an Official Selection of the 2019 FADFest.

All Together Now: A Celebration of Art, Film & Music combines multiple types of art all for show at Michigan’s own Annex Gallery. The innovative event will highlight local musicians from a variety of genres, a range of fine artists, and short films from local, national, and international filmmakers.

The opening weekend includes three days of eclectic programming:

• Friday, April 26, will kick off All Together Now with an art opening displaying dynamic art in multiple media. It will also feature a live set of music by the Straight Ahead Trio boasting Detroit jazz greats Marion Hayden, Gayelynn McKinney, and Alina Morr. Doors open at 6 pm and the music starts at 7 pm. Food will be catered by Esto’s Garage.

• Saturday, April 27, will see alternating blocks of short films and sets by the Sean Blackman Trio. The three groups of films include animated, narrative, documentary, and experimental works by directors from Detroit and other parts of the United States as well as Asia, Europe, Australia and the Middle East. Many of the films are poetry-based, bringing still another art form into the mix. Funk musician Nadir Omowale’s band will close out the sure-to-be-lively evening. Doors open at 1 pm. The night’s last set of music will begin at 7 pm.

• Sunday, April 28, features the acapella song stylings of the Turner Sisters, the festival’s final block of short films, and a brief awards ceremony during which best-of awards for multiple categories will be revealed. Doors open at 12:30 pm.

Please visit the All Together Now Facebook page for more details.

Attendance is open to the public. Passes are available here or at the door.

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All Together Now: A Celebration of Fine Art, Music and Film

Festival screenings April 26-28th & Exhibitions May 3-5th

Annex Art Gallery

333 Midland (Highland Park)

Detroit, Michigan

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Eliot Michl's Q&A for Filmmaker Studio LIVE

The Manchester Film Festival in association with XS Manchester and The Manchester Studios presents Filmmaker Studio LIVE.

Taking place over four days of the festival at the prestigious Manchester Studios and presented by the Great Northern Film Lab the events took the form of a chat show and was hosted by BBC Manchester’s Film Critic Tom Percival.

Q&A

Q: In under 2 minutes, please summarize your film and its message.

A: Lost Sock Collection is a poetry film competing in the Experimental Film cohort. With LSC my aim was to create a multi-sensory experience steeped in loss on every level and told through the lens of time.

Visually I wanted to take the audience on a journey with me, not to a specific place, but to a place where time is experienced as it is in your mind. The ability we have to recall certain events with clarity while others are unobtainable and obscured.

The layers of sounds in the piece are ones I've collected during my travels: bumblebees in middle America, waves crashing in Montenegro, a girl splashing in a shallow pool, hiking in Transylvania, the Prague Symphony warming up, a needle dropping on my father's favorite record. The highlight of the background audio—and from where the piece derives its name—is from a live performance art piece I performed in Malaysia entitled, 'Lost Sock.'

It doesn’t have an intended message, but rather what I hoped to explore were the themes of loss and grieving, and the ideas inextricably linked to bereavement and endings in general.

Q: What inspired you to make and or be involved in your particular film or project?

A: Loss takes so many forms when it collides with time. The loss of a loved one is grief, for example; the loss of an item or relationship is missing; the loss of childhood is aging and often results in nostalgia, and so on.

In a very short time I lost my father, my marriage, my job, my home, and my good friend–who died of metastatic breast cancer. This project was a way for me to try and make sense of some of those losses. I think you never really make sense of grief, but exploring loss helps loosen it from your bones and eventually, you have made new space for those sticky, complex emotions.

Q: What are you most proud of about your project?

A: This is my first longer poetry film. Lost Sock Collection comes in at around 14 minutes and to me it feels like such a triumph to share this love letter to loss that’s so very personal–so intimate even–with a wider audience.

It’s time to bring tiny, quiet films to the masses. People want art in their lives and it has the potential to be the salve that a lot of souls need right now. I’m also chuffed that it will have its World Premiere at MANIFF in Manchester, the hometown of one of my dearest friends.

Q: What would you change about your final production if you could and why?

A: I wouldn’t. This film is about letting go, and with art as much as with life, sometimes you have to be willing to marvel at the imperfections. Films, especially experimental films, don’t need a heavy starching in my opinion; films need to hang out on the line in full sun for all the neighbors to see.

Q: From just the trailer and or synopsis which film in the MANIFF19 official selection would you have liked to have made or be involved in apart from your own, and why?

A: I’m a big fan of Loving Vincent, so of course Flaneur looks so appealing to me. I think it would’ve been great to work with such a talented illustrator and artist.

Q: Why do you make or are involved in making films?

A: My poetry film work comes out of a desire to choreograph visuals to the verbal patterns and general themes found in a poem. While the themes are ever-present, the verbal patterns are truly released only when spoken aloud. I then add layers of both additional sound and imagery, enhancing the work and creating something greater than the sum of its parts. I work on all aspects of the film.

What advice would you give to someone wanting to make or be involved in making their first film?

Just start. If you wake up every day and you can’t keep yourself from making films, please make films. The world needs you and your art most desperately.

Full details can be found here: www.maniff.com/filmmaker-studios

The studios will feature directors, cast, producers and writers from the official selection discussing their films, the filmmaking process, film financing and everything in-between. Attendees will then be able to ask the guests questions in a more in-depth discussion than the post screening Q&A’s.

Highlights include the directors of world premiering films THE RUNAWAYS and FAR FROM THE APPLE TREE sitting down to talk feature filmmaking, the team behind documentary PUBLIC FIGURE including social media star Bonang Matheba will be discussing social media and documentary filmmaking. On the Wednesday panels of short filmmakers from around the world will be talking about their work and on Friday 8th the team behind powerful short SIDES OF A HORN, about South Africa’s poaching war, will be discussing the issues raised within the film. There will also be talks on film financing and horror screenwriting.

Following the studios audiences will be able to attend networking drinks at the MANIFF studio bar, getting a rare opportunity to meet filmmakers and enjoy the inclusive party atmosphere that MANIFF prides itself on.

Tickets cost £2 with all proceeds going to the Teenage Cancer Trust and can be purchased in advance at www.maniff/tickets or on the day.

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FILMMAKER STUDIO LIVE

Wednesday, March 6, 2019

Filmmaker Studio 4

Manchester, United Kingdom

A selection of cast and crew from MANIFF2019’s shorts will be talking short films and filmmaking.

 
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Eliot Michl Asked to Speak at Filmmaker Studio LIVE

The Manchester Film Festival in association with XS Manchester and The Manchester Studios presents Filmmaker Studio LIVE.

Taking place over four days of the festival on the 4th-8th March at the prestigious Manchester Studios and presented by the Great Northern Film Lab the events will take the form of a chat show and will be hosted by BBC Manchester’s Film Critic Tom Percival.

Tickets and full details can be found here: www.maniff.com/filmmaker-studios

The studios will feature directors, cast, producers and writers from the official selection discussing their films, the filmmaking process, film financing and everything in-between. Attendees will then be able to ask the guests questions in a more in-depth discussion than the post screening Q&A’s.

Highlights include the directors of world premiering films THE RUNAWAYS and FAR FROM THE APPLE TREE sitting down to talk feature filmmaking, the team behind documentary PUBLIC FIGURE including social media star Bonang Matheba will be discussing social media and documentary filmmaking. On the Wednesday panels of short filmmakers from around the world will be talking about their work and on Friday 8th the team behind powerful short SIDES OF A HORN, about South Africa’s poaching war, will be discussing the issues raised within the film. There will also be talks on film financing and horror screenwriting.

Following the studios audiences will be able to attend networking drinks at the MANIFF studio bar, getting a rare opportunity to meet filmmakers and enjoy the inclusive party atmosphere that MANIFF prides itself on.

Tickets cost £2 with all proceeds going to the Teenage Cancer Trust and can be purchased in advance at www.maniff/tickets or on the day.

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FILMMAKER STUDIO LIVE

Wednesday, March 6, 2019

Filmmaker Studio 4

Manchester, United Kingdom

A selection of cast and crew from MANIFF2019’s shorts will be talking short films and filmmaking.

 
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Lost Sock Collection film an Official Selection at MANIFF
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Michl’s film an Official Selection by Manchester International Film Festival

Filmmaker and poet Eliot Michl’s film, Lost Sock Collection has been chosen as an Official Selection of the 2019 Manchester International Film Festival.

Over 150 films in a line-up made up of narrative and documentary features, narrative and documentary shorts, experimental films, music videos, animations and VR will screen at the Odeon in Manchester’s historic Great Northern Warehouse over the week 2nd-10th March.

For the first time the festival will take place over a week, testament to the events growth over its short history and the strength of films submitted. After five years the festival has developed a reputation amongst the independent filmmaking community as a warm, welcoming festival with a personal touch and party vibes.

Attendance is open to the ticket-holding public, but limited.

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Manchester International Film Festival

Screening 3rd March at 15:15.

March 2-10th

Manchester, United Kingdom

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Michl’s film an Official Selection by Miniature Film Festival
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Michl’s film an Official Selection by International Film Festival

Filmmaker and poet Eliot Michl’s film, School of Life has been chosen as an Official Selection of the 2018 Miniature Film Festival.

Since 2015, the Miniature Film Festival has celebrated the best in micro short, one-minute films. The Miniature Film Festival is a small but enthusiastic celebration of tiny films. This unique, one-night event will feature films from around the globe that capture the best storytelling in under a minute.

Attendance is open to the ticket-holding public, but limited.

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Miniature Film Festival

Thursday, November 8

Fat Punk Productions

Vancouver, Canada

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Michl's Film an Official Selection in International Poetry Film Festival
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Michl’s film an Official Selection by International Poetry Film Festival

Filmmaker and poet Eliot Michl’s film, Don’t Tell Me I’m Beautiful has been chosen as an Official Selection of the 2018 Juteback Poetry Film Festival.

Poetry and filmmaking converge for this unique, one-night event. The Juteback Film Festival (JPFF) will feature films from around the globe, highlighting the creative migration of two art forms: video and poetry, sometimes known as Videopoetry or poetry film.

JPFF is Colorado’s only poetry film festival and one of only two poetry film festivals screening in the U.S. today.  

Attendance is open to the public.

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Juteback Poetry Film Festival

Friday, October 19th

Wolverine Farm Publishing

Letterpress and Publick House

Fort Collins, Colorado

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Michl’s film screened at the 2018 Arts in Nature Festival

American Filmmaker and Poet Eliot Michl’s film selected by the 2018 Arts in Nature Festival

Filmmaker and Poet Eliot Michl’s film, Don’t Tell Me I’m Beautiful has been selected to be screened by the 2018 Arts in Nature Festival in Seattle, Washington in cooperation with the Northwest Film Forum.

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The 2018 Arts in Nature Festival is being held at Camp Long, one of Seattle’s green-space gems, and will feature the work of 40+ artists over two days in August. The festival celebrates art and nature with diverse programming from music, visual art, poetry, puppetry, food trucks, merchants and more.

The theme for artist presentation is “Convergence.” Artists and audience members are encouraged to engage in active participation with each other, other art disciplines, and with the natural 68-acre landscape of Camp Long. The event is proudly presented by the Delridge Neighborhoods Development Association with projected attendance of 2500.

More Details | AINF 2018

This year, the Arts in Nature Festival is particularly excited to feature music the music of Reverend Pat Wright’s Total Experience Gospel Choir. The festival will also feature music from Naomi Wachira, De Cajon, and Gamelan Pacifica. For those of you who want to experience poetry in nature, there will be a reading featuring Seattle Civic Poet Anastacia Renee, J Mace III, and Jordan Chaney.

You’ll find multiple intimate but spectacular outdoor performance spaces, weekend-long installations in eight rustic cabins by Shin Yu Pai & Michael Barakat, Robb Kunz, Celeste Cooning, Markeith Wiley & Laura Aschoff, and more. There will be visual installations by Vaughn Bell, Sarah Kavage & Aaron Haba, live mural painting by Angelina Villalobos and Roache the Muralist.

You can become part of the festivities and create your own works of art in nature by participating in multiple interactive, family-friendly art activities, including performances by Northwest Puppet Center, linocuts, capoeira demonstrations, and a labyrinth. The festival will also include a convoy of delicious, local food trucks and a beer garden.

For more information, contact Sara Parolin at sara@dnda.org.

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